After the sustained heat and drought of September and early October it was going to be asking a lot to have a spectacular Fall. And sure enough this year Autumn in Fuenfría has not been breathtaking. Maybe it’s just that we’ve been spoiled the last couple of years with Autumns exceptionally rich in colour, because despite the pretty yellows and golds of poplars (chopos) and plane trees (plátanos), this year seems a little dull. A few weeks back around Puerto Navacerrada the ferns (helechos) briefly made a beautiful orange-red show, but at lower elevations around the Fuenfría Valley they have been less impressive. Nor have the wild cherry trees (cerezos silvestres) or whitebeams (mostajos) had much to offer in the way of colour this year. But it is Fuenfría’s oaks (rebollos) above all who have failed to adorn the lower valley with that wonderful, subtle hint of red in their slowly browning leaves that other years has made the Fall so memorable.
For the sake of nostalgia here’s an image of Autumn in Fuenfría from 2010.
As Paul Bowles mused on the limits of life: “How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?” so do I ask myself: How many more times will I see those wild cherries burn so red?